Monday, May 30, 2011

1950's Fat Lava Ashtray

I have a bit of a 'thing" for fat lava. The ceramic ware with a glaze that "pops" and makes holes during the firing process. This ashtray is a good example:

See the holes? Looks like... Lava! (One of my degrees is in Geology, so it's a sort of side-interest as well).

Now most fat lava vases and such sell for a nice small investment, and as much as I love the stuff, I never can justify paying as much for a mid-century vase as I might for a vintage table, for example.

But because it was an ashtray, I snagged it for a song... $10.

Dana at Mid2Mod has caught the fat lava fever too. Please check out her blog. If you love mid-century, you will learn a lot from hers, not to mention, she is a wonderful person! She's got a mid-century shop in Texas, USA, and congrats to her, the business is doing very well! Good to hear. Now go check out her blog! Scoot!

By the way Dana, blogger is glitching again and I could not add a comment to your blog today. This happens once in a while where the comment window simply will not show up for me on random blogs.

So a nice small addition to my tiny fat lava collection! No smoking in the 1950's Atomic Ranch House, all ashtrays are for atmospheric looks only. :)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

1950's Linoleum Tiles

These are so cool. 40 tiles, just enough for my small entrance way. The original tiles need to be replaced. They are nothing special so it's no loss...

But... Not quite the colors I want. I've seen one of my blogger friends get pink and white tiles in this type of pattern in her kitchen (who was that??), meaning they sell modern reproductions in different colors, so I think I will pass on these. Auction ended at $76.

But they sure are cool! My old bathroom floors were more like this color... A sort of light gray background with "stripes" of color, just like these..

I'm still waiting on the two chenille blankies. The seller showed me a tracking number, and they were mailed out May 12, expected arrival May 18. Well, they are not here. :( waaaa I wonder if they are lost forever??

Seller said she would check with her P.O. again, as it seems to indicate they are still sitting in her state. Bummer. Boo.

I have been busy working on a work project, so nothing fun to report! I wish I had more to say or photos to show! But I've been keeping up with as many of your blogs as possible, reading if not commenting.

I hope all my US friends have a very happy Memorial Day, and I salute my late Father and my Uncles who served in WWll... And all who served, are serving, and their families, big (((hugs))).

OH! Got my mid century German plant table, and I love it!! The seller forced a peg-joined joint apart in order to break it down for shipping, so I'll have to add some wood glue to get it back the way it was so I can put things on it, then I'll take a photo.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Where Are My Chenille Blankies????

Where are they? I want them! It's been like two weeks! I want my blankies!! lol... I want them before the end of the world! Isn't that supposed to happen today? Well I won't let it happen because I want my blankies!!! Hee hee...

Waiting on them so I can take pics of the sort of finished master bedroom. Waiting...

That questionable lamp in my last post sold for $162. Not bad for the seller, but I'm still not convinced it was from the 1960's.

I didn't win a pair of amoeba ashtrays on tripod stands. Did one of my blogger friends win those? I hope so. I also let an awesome barometer/thermometer slip by me (sold for cheap) because I lost the time and missed the auction by minutes. Oh well, win some, lose some.

Happy Saturday to all my blog friends. Not much to report from the 1950's Atomic Ranch House but I hope everyone is doing well!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Is This Real Vintage or a 1980's Repop?

It's cool, but almost looks TOO cool, you know? I mean, have you ever seen a boomerang print lamp shade from the 50's or early 60's? I haven't.

It reminds me of this lamp click HERE which was correctly identified as an 80's redo, 50's style.

Seen these come up for auction occasionally, this one identified as "1960's", but the seller may not know themselves.

What do YOU say, my savvy mid century shoppers?

"REAL" 1960's, or a 1980's-ish reissued 50's STYLE lamp?

(I'm not implying the seller is intentionally trying to misrepresent, nor am I implying a "reissued" lamp is "less than", I'm simply curious what my blogger friends think!).

Sunday, May 15, 2011

1950's Mid Century Eames German Plant Stand Table

Wow, this was one of those occasions when I wasn't really looking for one of these, and was sure it would sell for the usual price of $150 - $300 like they always do on eBay, but was able to snag this on a whim for $40!!


How could I say no to that??!

I wasn't even trying, really. I guess all the other people looking at this missed the auction? Was a surprise to me!

Happy Sunday everyone. I am going through the boxes in the closet, in the master bedroom. Purging a lot of old stuff. It's really very liberating, and makes for a lot more space!

Hope you are getting the things done you want to do. :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Vintage Vanity and Medicine Cabinet Collection Pt.2 Redux!

Well! Blogger crashed yesterday, didn't it? And it ate a couple days worth of posts. Oh well, Then I will repost yesterdays post!

The rest of my vintage vanity etc collection. I forgot I had these in this pressed cardboard dresser or jewelry box, with red Bakelight handles.

Compacts and such, collected over the years for just a few dollars.

As always, you can click on the images to see bigger photos.
I used to have more 1930's matchbook covers. Love the little hosiery mending kits. See them?

I also collect things men used back in the day, and these wrapped razor blades have amazing graphics. Like little works of art. The one called "Tre Teste" just makes me giggle lol... Does that mean "three balls"?

Other small things I picked up for cheap. I love the vintage train travel tags.

And one of my favorite small items, a pair of ladies hosiery mending kits with fantastic graphics on the cover and back. Aren't they charming??

I hope this inspires many of you to pick up a few vintage vanity items. I was surprised only a few people (zoot suit mama, Uncle Atom and Vintage Christine, that I know of) have a collection like this. These things can be picked up for very small amounts of money. I know because that's how I collected these things! So check out eBay and your local shops or whatnot and start your own vintage vanity/mens toiletries collection today!

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Chenille Blankets for the Master Bedroom

Yes! Score! In perfect colors, a pair of chenille blankies for the master bedroom. Won these last night on eBay. Solid colors, I don't think chenille ever came in "atomic" designs.

It was only a month ago that I realized making the walls and accessories ALL pink, was too much. The original color of the room has always been pink.

Then I remembered the curtains I'd bought for the room, months ago, had blue in them (well, more gray blue than turquoise, but you can't win them all).

So I had to gather all my blue things along with the pink to put in there, and I have very few blue things. So I needed a blue/turquoise cover for the bed.

I keep meaning to get out some blank canvasses and try my hand at a few 50's style abstract paintings for the master bedroom and living room. I'm not much of an abstract artist, more of a ultra-realistic artist, but I'll give it a go.

I envy those of you whose homes are already decorated!

Did you try to stick to certain color schemes? It's harder than it seems when you are buying a lot of these things!

Happy Thursday, I was thinking of doing a post on all my lamps, and inviting others to show theirs off too. What do you think? I know some of you have done posts on your lamps and I love looking at them. We love our vintage lamps, don't we?!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Parts of the Master Bedroom

I say "parts" because I don't yet have the master bedroom looking 100%, so I can't photograph the whole thing. So no, these are not "teaser" photos but "I'm still getting it together" photos. I mean, that vintage ice chest and 1950's picnic basket really need to go somewhere else, and Dads mid century conga and bongos, well, yeah, not exactly room in here for them, nor the basket of his smaller instruments. Time to go through the closets. Again.

At any rate, I can show some of the master bedroom. The fun part is the decorating part, don't you agree?

Double tiered side table, turquoise lamp with fiberglass shade, enamel tray and McCoy pottery.

Yes, the only REAL pottery I have is thanks to our friend Vintage Christine in the white and turquoise dish. This is just perfect in this room! The enamel tray I picked up years ago at a thrift before I collected specifically 1950's stuff. Sweet find, also the right colors.

The Italian Londo Bitossi rimini blue dove Mom bought about 40 years ago, and me? I almost threw it out when I went through her estate the first time because I thought it was just some junk hippy knick knack. Then I saw one on eBay with a broken tail selling for like $100 and guess what? All of a sudden I liked this, I really liked this!!

I have a pair of these vases or candle holders, both with the same design. Don't you just love the jewel-like quality to the glass and the classic starburst design? I know our friend zootsuit mama has a couple like these too!

OK, the color of this photo looks funky, but it was a happy accident that my pink cone lamp matches the trim color exactly. Nope, don't have anything plugged in this room yet. getting there....

On the other side table my pink Western Electric or is it Bell telephone. Yeah, we used to have this exact phone in the kitchen with all 5' of cord. Imagine being 14 years old and trying to yank this 5 pound baby as far out the back door as possible to giggle in private with one of your girl friends about the hottie named Paul in your math class? lol... The pink atomic tripod ashtray. Oh no smoking in my house, ashtrays are just for show. =)

Some of the mid century pottery I bought. I have this funny obsession with these but I had to cut my collection off when I saw I really have so little room to display things. One look in the other "pink room" and it looks like an antique mall exploded in there, so best cut down on the buying.

For you young'ins, it's hard to describe seeing childhood photos of yourself as OLD black and white photos. Very surreal. Wow, am I THAT old??!! Chubby cheeks, I got shrivelled up and skinny in my old age lol.

My only poodle things, well, OK I have a couple more, but a pink and black beaded poodle dog. One of the pair of mid-century sculpture and boomerang vase.

You see, in using pinks and blues for this room, I wanted to be very careful not to do the shabby chic, chippy, cottage, Paris apartment look. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that look, but not in this room.

I also wanted to make sure there was enough masculine in here. You know nothing makes a mans manhood shrink faster than frilly lace and pink fru fru, and believe it or not, even an old bat like me has male company on occasion, so best to make your guests feel comfy (oh I hide the old family photos, that's just too much too ha ha). Was that too much information? Ahhh you all are hip, right? OK, moving on...

And the curtains are hard to see, but geometric shapes, and the double tiered fiberglass lamp shade, and more photos. On the dresser is my little kid hand print in clay, painted blue. Do kids still do those??

You know, I could have SWORN the desk and dresser were Drexel, would have bet money I saw that name stamped on the back of the dresser, but when I had it pulled out for painting, nothing, nadda, nine, just a few numbers scrawled on in grease pencil. Hmmm. Oh well, whatever, Mom bought this second hand back in the late 50's so it's 50's stuff at any rate. Sure looks like Drexel stuff...

Well, thank you for letting me share some of my slow, snails pace progress with you. It feels good to look like I am getting something done. 3 gallons of paint and a bottle of Ibuprofin to keep my crippled up old back moving ha ha. But hey, progress is progress!!

Happy Wednesday, thanks again for stopping by! We'd LOVE to see your bedroom if you'd like to show it off on your blog!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

1950's Vintage Space Flight Rockets Books

I've become very, very fussy about what I buy lately. But I snagged these for less than $5 for the lot, so I thought they would make a good addition to the space theme room. Cutting down on the purchases unless I really love it. Or it's too cheap to pass up.

My blog posts and comments have been sparse lately, but I am just finishing up painting the trim color in the master bedroom. Zzzzz painting is soooo boring!

Because I bought the cheap paint from Home Depot for the master bedroom (I only had a certain amount of cash on me when I got a bunch of paint, and the other 6 cans of paint were the good stuff, so I thought I'd go with the cheap stuff for this room so I could get all the paint at once), it had to have 3 coats of paint on all the walls and most of the trim, too. Three coats. Yeah, that's always a good time lol....

Never buy cheap paint from Home Depot. It's not like the cheap paint from Wal Mart which is good enough for two coats. Oh no, this crap is as thin as I have ever seen wall paint. Ugh. I debated another day before I went ahead and used it anyway. Use Glidden or Behr, but not the SpeedWall or Speedball or whatever they call it. Trust me on this.

So, next I have to sew up the curtains I have for the room, and then get everything settled, then I hope to FINALLY show some photos.

Funny thing is, after all that work, it won't look like anything spectacular! *groan* No Better Homes and Gardens house here folks, just a working class middle class room, but I am excited so I suppose that counts for something lol....

I hope everyone had a happy Mothers Day yesterday!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day

After 12 years of waiting, Mom finally gets pregnant with my late brother. She was so happy!

This is her on the front porch of our house, the one I am renovating, holding my baby brother, shielded from the bright sun.

Not sure why all the scuffs showed up on this photo, it was taken on an overcast morning (this morning!)

My Mom and her Mom. Mom pregnant with my late brother, she brought her Mom out from the east coast for a visit. I think they are at Newport Beach CA in this photo.

Mom always wanted 6 children. She loved kids! Alas she only had us 3, but she was so happy to have us.

Happy Mothers Day Mom, I miss you!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Show Us Your Vintage Cosmetics and Medicine Chest Goodies

OK, so I added "...and Medicine Chest Goodies" for the guys. Do you guys collect vintage manly man stuff too? You know, like old Dapper Dan tins and shaving cream cups? I didn't want to limit this to the ladies only.

Now ladies, I KNOW you all have much better vintage cosmetic and make up collections than I do!!!

I tried to buy some vintage make up and such back when prices on eBay were insane. Then I had to resell some of it when times got tight. I don't have much left, never had much to begin with...

But show us all YOUR vintage cosmetics and shampoos and bottles of cremes and do dads and all that fun stuff you keep on your vanity!

Guys, show photos of your vintage guy stuff, you know, all the goodies you might have that a man would have owned back in the day.

Share on your blog, show off your collections!!

Happy Monday, sorry for the crappy photos, I'm still painting the master bedroom and stuff is all messed up in there so I couldn't arrange things nicely. I was just at that "I'm done painting!!!" stage when I realized, I still have to paint all the trim! Yay me!! lol... Oh yeah, and around inside the windows. Sigh, it never seems to end!!